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When Roger West first launched the progressive political blog "News From The Other Side" in May 2010, he could hardly have predicted the impact that his venture would have on the media and political debate. As the New Media emerged as a counterbalance to established media sources, Roger wrote his copious blogs about national politics, the tea party movement, mid-term elections, and the failings of the radical right to the vanguard of the New Media movement. Roger West's efforts as a leading blogger have tremendous reach. NFTOS has led the effort to bring accountability to mainstream media sources such as FOX NEWS, Breitbart's "Big Journalism. Roger's breadth of experience, engaging style, and cultivation of loyal readership - over 92 million visitors - give him unique insight into the past, present, and future of the New Media and political rhetoric that exists in our society today. What we are against: Radical Right Wing Agendas Incompetent Establishment Donald J. Trump Corporate Malfeasence We are for: Global and Econmoic Security Social and Economic Justice Media Accountability THE RESISTANCE

Thursday, January 31, 2013



Faux News host Sean Hannity is so adamant that waterboarding is not torture that he once offered to be waterboarded at a charity event and donate the proceeds to soldiers’ families. Four years later, a yet-to-be-waterboarded Hannity did not take kindly to being called out about it on his own radio show.

On April 22, 2009, Charles Grodin appeared on Hannity’s Fox News show and asked Hannity, if he doesn’t believe waterboarding is torture, would he agree to be waterboarded. “Sure,” Hannity said. “I’ll do it for charity. I’ll let you do it. I’ll do it for the troops’ families.” But four years later, Hannity has yet to follow through on his offer.

When ThinkProgress brought up the matter at the beginning of an appearance on his radio show on Wednesday, Hannity’s displeasure was palpable.
“I’m not getting into your five-year-old issue,” Hannity grumbled. Thinkprogress pressed on when he was planning to hold the event, the Fox host lost it. “Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, excuse me. I get to ask the questions on the program,” Hannity said:

Hannity gave no indication that he was planning to follow through on his promise to be waterboarded for charity. [Surprise, Hannity the pansy was all talk and no action].

Immediately following the show, Hannity was so incensed that he personally called ThinkProgress to complain. He accused ThinkProgress of being “fixated” on the matter, baffled that we brought up an issue that he said hasn’t been news for years. After thinkprogress respectfully disagreed and explained that it was disingenuous for him to offer to be waterboarded in order to prove that it’s not torture, only not to follow through on the offer, Hannity sighed, “what you’re doing here is really stupid.” He insisted, though, that it wasn’t a sensitive subject.

Waterboarding is still an extremely sensative story. It still exists, it’s still torture, and the only American who’s been sentenced to prison over the matter is a former CIA agent and vocal torture opponent who spoke out about the practice. Waterboarding is now part of the mainstream with the help of defenders like Hannity who insist that it’s not actually torture.

NewsHounds and Reddit have kept a running tally of how long it’s been since Hannity first offered to be waterboarded for charity. January 30 marked 1,379 days since Hannity reneged the promise.

If Hannity does pony up for the torture - let me be the guy administering it to him; pick me, pick me. [Raising and waiving my hand wildly]

Portions of this blog by thinkprogress

Roger West

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Below, a trilogy of Glenn Beckistan. It's been a very long time since NFTOS wrote about Beckistan.

Right-wing-nut-job Glenn Beck last week revealed a personal goal that he hopes to achieve: building his very own self-sustaining community that he will name “Independence, USA” aka, Becktopia.

If the story sounds familiar the idea resembles that of John Galt, a character in Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged”. In the book, Galt leads a number of society’s most productive citizens on a strike, evoking a utopian world in which its residents live without the authority of society and government. Similarly, Beck hopes to lead his own group of people into a world isolated from the rest.



OK, so the town will be cut off from society. It will produce all of its own food. It will have no "national brands like Gap or Ann Talyor." It will produce all of its own media and technology. It will "deprogram" kids before and after college. All building will be subject to central planning. I'm pretty sure we've all heard of this place before. It's called North Korea.


The Republican Party, The American Taliban and the GOP serve no relevant purpose in America, except to give lunatics and unlettered rednecks a place to express their antiquated ideas.

As far as the teapublican party disappearing - if I awoke tomorrow and the party was to never be heard from again - I would certainly not lose any sleep if they where non-existent. In defense of Mitt Flip-Flopney, the party was a big kerfuffled mess long before it elevated Mr. 47% to frontrunner status and the nomination. The fatal flaw of the party has been the abandonment of its principles - in lieu of the unhinged syphilitic tea party dementia infecting what’s left of its brain, and forcing it to simply attack a fictitious caricature of President Obama, whether it means contradicting prior teapublican ideas (cap and trade, individual mandate, etc.) or literally sabotaging the economy for political gain. Allowing this brand of radicals to dictate the agenda of the party was a huge mistake.

Instead of acknowledging the tea party with cursory lip-service, the teapublicans recklessly jumped into bed with the tea bagger society and elevated it to a power status it should never have been allowed to attain. By consummating that union, the GOP made it impossible to reach the middle for fear of a backlash by the American Taliban.

No, sadly, the GOP won’t disappear. It’ll just continue to stroke the far-right - marginalizing itself and augmenting its status as a dying faction of regional, white, angry, hypocritical Christian bible thumpers.

Roger West

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Faux News caught up with Dick Cheney this past weekend at the Safari Club International convention for gun owners and manufacturers to find out what the former vice president had to say about the gun safety debate going on in Washington and across the country.

The former vice president, a staunch NRA ally, didn’t deviate significantly from the pro-gun talking points we’ve been hearing. He extolled the virtues of more guns in the classroom by way of armed officers, saying that approach was “probably a more effective deterrent than anything that Congress seems to be debating at the present time.”

Cheney’s own firearms mishap didn’t make it into the conversation.

Remember readers "Dick" made headlines in 2006 when he shot a friend in the face while quail hunting. The accidental injury made Cheney the first vice president since Aaron Burr to shoot someone. (Burr killed his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel. He was eventually tried for treason for unrelated reasons.)


Taking any advice from this troglodyte is scary at best, but gun safety from Cheney, is like taking advice from Adolf Hitler on how to get to heaven.

The cardinal rule of hunting could not be more simple: Don't shoot the people (or the dogs)! Considering Dick Cheney no longer has a pulse, one would think he would want to reflect back on his life - and try not to give advice where he has been truly off the mark - pun intended. Except this is Dick Cheney we’re talking about, a man who has never done anything wrong, a man with no moral compass of his own. Dick Cheney shooting sportsman? - this would be my nomination for oxymoron of the Year.


Cheney tries to invoke real fear in the hearts of many - to include his friends. Understand readers that the guy Dick shot [Harry Whittington] - well he apologized to Cheney for getting in the way of the shot [seriously]! Why do I always hear the Darth Vader theme every time I hear Dick Cheney's name?


Dick, when leaving the Vice Presidency had a whopping 13% approval rating, so why Faux News is seeking this mans advice on gun control? Birds of a feather flock together.

Many Americans loathe this man - Ken Layne of Wonkette speaking on the Dick:

First, it’s not going to be “justice” when Dick Cheney finally drops dead. He’s an old man, a sick & diseased 69-year-old blob of bitter fat and gristle and plastic. If the poisonous toad had been run over by a manure truck about thirty years ago, that would’ve been evidence of the Great Cosmic Wheels of Justice at work, for if such forces existed, they would not be shackled by our puny concepts of time.

Most poisonous toads would find this association to Dick Cheney repulsive. When it comes to "Dick" I often wonder how in the hell does one have a heart attack when one doesn’t actually have a heart? I often wonder how much money the devil actually paid for that soul? I am always reminded of those scenes from the movie Ghost whenever I think of Cheney. You know the scenes, the bad guys die - waiting for the bright light to lead him to the hereafter - and then those nasty shadowy people start coming for him.


Seriously readers, when this heartless bastard becomes your moral compass on anything - you lose your stance on being considered an intelligent life form! As long as Dick Cheney is stealing oxygen - he shall always remain the slime from the bottom of the cesspool.

Roger West

Monday, January 28, 2013



Legislation aimed at reducing gun violence is “a limitation on a God-given right of man that has existed throughout the history of civil society,” according to an article published in the leading conservative opinion journal National Review.

The author, David French, interprets the Christian Bible as granting everyone a right to self-defense. He suggests that this, if true, means that God’s will is that people have access to guns, as they are the means for self defense:
In fact, Jesus’s disciples carried swords, and Jesus even said in some contexts the unarmed should arm themselves…What does all this mean? Essentially that gun control represents not merely a limitation on a constitutional right but a limitation on a God-given right of man that has existed throughout the history of civil society. All rights — of course — are subject to some limits (the right of free speech is not unlimited, for example), and there is much room for debate on the extent of those limits, but state action against the right of self-defense is by default a violation of the natural rights of man, and the state’s political judgment about the limitations of that right should be viewed with extreme skepticism and must overcome a heavy burden of justification.

Even if French is right about the Christian view of self-defense (though Jesus did have choice words about “turning the other cheek“), it’s a logical fallacy to say this implies anything about restrictions on access to guns. Saying that people have a right to defend themselves if attacked isn’t the same thing as saying they should have a right to possess any conceivable means of defending themselves – presumably, French is fine with banning grenade launchers. The burden, instead, is on French to prove that universal background checks or limitations on assault weapon ownership somehow prevent people from defending themselves; to prove, in other words, that gun regulation is actually a restriction on the right of self-defense proper rather than a crime-prevention statute.

Moreover, French is wrong about the role of “self-defense” in a democracy. He cites John Locke, enlightenment philosopher and inspiration for the American Revolution, to suggest that gun rights are “fundamental rights of nature.” But as Ari Kohen, a professor of political theory at the University of Nebraska, points out, French radically misinterprets Locke:
But for people to establish a political community, Locke asserts that people must give up to the government their natural right to punish criminal behavior and agree to have the government settle grievances. This is why we have standing laws that are meant to be applied equally by independent officers of the law and by the courts.

Locke, as Kohen says, held that our right to use force was necessarily limited by the creation of legitimate government — that’s why we have police. This means that the government can limit access to certain weapons as means of discharging its responsibility to keep the peace. While the government may not be able to legitimately ban you from say, killing a home invader who’s brandishing a gun, it also can take reasonable steps to prevent criminals from being able to threaten you with arms in the first place without having to overcome a “heavy burden of justification.”

This isn’t the first questionable gun piece published in National Review. After the Newtown shooting, its editors suggested that mass school shootings were the price we pay for the Second Amendment. One of its writers, Charlotte Allen, infamously wrote that the Newtown massacre happened because there were too many female teachers.


Sunday, January 27, 2013


Stephen King — best selling author of the very kind of violent books that gun advocates say contribute to gun violence — has penned Guns, a 25-page essay dismissing their criticism, while calling for universal background checks for gun purchases, and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

A self-described “blue-state American” who also owns guns, King is no stranger to how individuals can and do turn to art as inspiration for violence. During the 1990s, no fewer than four shooters read Rage — an early work King wrote in high school years and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman years later — entered their high schools with guns, held students and teachers hostage, and in some cases killed them. The book chronicles how Charlie Decker, a troubled high school student with a “domineering father,” brought a gun to school, killed his algebra teacher, and held his class hostage — only to see his classmates experience a “psychological inversion” and come to his defense.

After copies of Rage were discovered in the possession of multiple high school shooters, King voluntarily pulled the book from publication. He did so not because the thin tome inspired would-be killers to commit unspeakable carnage; rather it acted “as a possible accelerant” for boys who spent time in psych wards pondering suicide or endured the kind of bullying that results in severe medical paranoia. These boys found a “soul brother” in Decker. He gave them “blueprints to express their hate and rage” and for that, King decided, he “had to go.” “You don’t leave a can of gasoline where a boy with firebug tendencies can lay hands on it,” the author writes in Guns.

But while art that taps into the heart of a troubled soul can “accelerate” violence, there is little evidence that it causes it. Those arguments, often advanced by conservative lawmakers with A ratings from the National Rifle Association — and the NRA itself — “throw popular culture into the debate in the hopes that it’ll be distracting chum to piranhas hungry for scapegoats but reluctant to fight difficult battles to make America safer.” They also avoid any examination of the “state of our own popular culture and the profound fears about justice, disempowerment, and the state of civil society that are reflected in it.”
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As King puts it, “To claim that America’s ‘culture of violence’ is responsible for school shootings is tantamount to cigarette company executives declaring that environmental pollution is the chief cause of lung cancer.” Americans consume relatively high levels of gun violence, but we’re not acting out in response to it. Nor are we completely saturating ourselves in it. For instance, King observes that only two of the 10 most popular works of fiction in 2012 featured violence. Just one of the top-grossing movies of 2012 (Skyfall) showed gun killings. Sports, dance, and Mario Brothers are the nation’s most popular video games, and football and detective shows consistently score the highest television ratings.

In the coming days and weeks, gun manufacturers and lobbyists will spend millions convincing American gun owners who actually support sensible regulations that they are “under siege” from President Obama’s government. They’ll argue that the administration’s proposed universal background checks for all gun purchasers and waiting periods are tantamount to big brother keeping tabs on Americans who own firearms, and say that limiting the availability of military-style assault weapons that can fire off tens of bullets in rapid succession without reloading would leave Americans defenseless from home intruders or a government takeover.

They’ll deflect attention from guns and propose expanding access to mental health services, stationing guards in schools, and of course clamping down on the media’s glorification of violence. “One only wishes [NRA Executive VIce President and CEO] Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these [school shooting] scenes, where they would be required to put on booties and rubber gloves and help clean up the blood, the brains, and the chunks of intestine still containing the poor wads of half-digested food that were some innocent bystander’s last meal,” King writes. Maybe then they’ll focus less on the make-believe death in media and the very real destruction that open access to military-style weapons can cause.

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Friday, January 25, 2013


A healthy tea bagger group is an optimistic party is Reaganesque, convinced that it can win the future by embracing it, and by making a positive case for its philosophy and candidates to all Americans. A party in decline is Nixonian and fears the future; it sees enemies everywhere, feels overwhelmed by electoral trends, and thinks it can win only by cheating, by subverting the system and stacking the deck in its favor. Now enters the paranoid American Taliban.

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It wasn’t so long ago, coming off a bruising presidential election, that Republicans were looking at ways to increase vote percentages among younger and minority voters to remain a contender in national elections. But it appears professional Republicans have decided that’s either impossible, unnecessary or perhaps just too hard. Because now they’re going for another possibility: rig the electoral college to insure Republican presidential victories with a decreasing voter base.

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When life gives The American Taliban lemons, gerrymandering is their answer.

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The beauty of gerrymandering, instead of voters getting to pick their leaders, leaders get to pick their voters.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Benghazi, Benghazi, Where Art Thou Benghazi


Just when you think this troll fell off the face of the earth for good, the beast rears her ugly head again. This beast, the once shinning star of the dead Breitbart's regime, now in an embattled lawsuit against the ghost of Breitbart's website, appeared on CNN last night.

Benghazi, Benghazi, where art thou Benghazi? The long-awaited testimony of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the circumstances surrounding the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September hit a crescendo last night. Piers Morgan got heated with panelist Dana Loesch on his show over how serious the Benghazi scandal is, the hypocrisy of the Republican party in investigating it so vigorously, and whether Clinton should have been fired over her role in the scandal.

Loesch is a known lifetime troll, from her appreciation for urinating [dropping trou] on dead Taliban soldiers, to screaming on courthouse steps, nothing is beyond the pale of this tea bagger. Loesch is a vapid wing nut, who is full of more shit than Christmas turkey.

Loesch is a American Taliban-er, who like Sean Hannity, believes that live feeds existed during the Benghazi incident. Funny thing happened on the way to forum Dana - as no such feeds exists or existed.

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Loesch, like the NRA, like the Tea Bagger association, has become irrelevant, and why CNN continues to employ this troll, well this is the 64 thousand dollar question.

Loesch wakes up every morning and says "today I'm going to try to say the most ridiculous thing I've ever said" - and without objection, she succeeded yesterday in meeting that goal. I sit in wonderment and ponder how a person garners that much hate inside their body?

With regards to Loesch's fetish for pissing on dead humans, there are "rules of war", and desecrating the dead is a violation. One would imagine that when Loesch passes away, that in kind, her enemies will piss on her grave - which one would think -  that this should at least make the grass on her grave grow a little bit taller.

Dana Loesch, today's worst person in the world.

Roger West

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Faux News psychiatric analyst Keith Ablow suggested that President Obama‘s philosophy of greater government power and more restrictive gun control results from his being “abandoned again and again” as a child.

Ablow told Dobbs that he believes the president “hijacked” the Newtown shootings “in order to advance his desire for gun control,” which would include “disempowering the individual” in favor of stricter government rules. The president’s views, Ablow said, come from a childhood that included being “abandoned” by people.

“Controlling weapons isn’t going to stop mass killings,” Ablow said, adding that the policy emphasis should be on the “untreated or poorly treated mental illness” he believes causes mass shootings.

Dobbs added that critics generally believe Obama’s solution for every problem is “more government,” the antithesis of “self-reliance” or “independence,” the hallmarks of American values. The two agreed that Obama’s philosophy sees a reliance on the government rather than a reliance on the autonomy of the individual.

Ablow added that “the autonomy of others did [Obama] no favors as a kid, when he was abandoned again and again by people who were — quote, unquote — ‘responsible’ and supposed to do the right thing like parents. So his belief is: ‘You know what? What good is individual autonomy in decision making? What good did it do me? The collective is what needs to be empowered, and all the better if I am the center of that collective and the most powerful person in it.’”

“His solution runs psychologically in the direction of disempowering the individual every single time,” Ablow said, before concluding that “restoring the mental health system” and gun control laws are “diametrically opposed” because one empowers the individual through psychotherapy while the other “disempowers” them and limits their ability to defend themselves.

One has to wonder if Ablow has a real PHD?

I'd like to quote Lewis Black in this instance: "I'm pretty sure letting your kids watch Keith Ablow will turn them into assholes"!

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Steve "Damn Nazi Liberal" Chevapravatdumrong

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


A freshman Republican congressman is arguing that the 2nd Amendment could be interpreted broadly enough to allow ordinary citizens access to the same equipment that the military uses.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), who unseated longtime Rep. Cliff Stearns last year thanks in large part to Tea Party support, sat down with Florida political blog The Shark Tank over the weekend to discuss gun violence. The freshman GOPer said he’d spoken with a number of constituents recently and approvingly relayed their sentiment: “when you read the Second Amendment,” Yoho said, “the militia had the same equipment as the military to protect them against the tyrannical government.” Preserving those protections, he argued, is “more important today than ever”:

Military weapon technology is considerably more advanced today than when the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, and so is U.S. military structure. Back then, the pinnacle of firearm technology was cannons and muskets, and citizens joining the military were expected to supply their own weapons. Nowadays, hydrogen bombs and tanks exist. The Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, sensibly ruled that Congress may prohibit citizens from carrying “dangerous and unusual weapons.” After all, we all know at least a few people who we’d prefer not to possess nuclear arms.

This is why Yoho’s declaration is a dangerous one. When single-shot guns that took a long time to reload were the most advanced gun available, there was less to fear in citizens having the same access to weapons as soldiers. To hold that same standard in the nuclear age is naive and alarming.


Monday, January 21, 2013


Virginia Government Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering Virginia Style!

While the eyes of the nation were turned toward President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Monday, the Virginia State Senate managed to hurriedly pass a bill that would redistrict the state’s senate seats.

The vote, 20-19, would have been a tie had Democratic Senator Henry Marsh been present. Marsh, a civil rights leader, was in Washington, D.C., attending the inauguration.

Had Marsh been present, however, the state’s Lieutenant Governor would likely have broken the tie. The bill was reportedly pushed through in a matter of hours.

According to Virginia politics blogger Ben Tribbett, the move could potentially eliminate at least one Democratic seat, the 25th district, which currently belongs to former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Creigh Deeds (D).

This isn’t the first time that Virginia has attempted to redraw district lines conveniently for Republicans. Just last month, the state’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli lobbied to have the state exempt from the Voting Rights Act’s redistricting requirements because the state had “outgrown” racism. Largely, redistricting has disenfranchised Democratic votes.

The gerrymandering bill now goes to the heavily Republican House of Delegates for a vote, where it will likely face little opposition.


Sunday, January 20, 2013



Insecure gun owners celebrating Gun Appreciation Day "succeed" in injuring five of their own from friendly fire. You couldn't come up with a better script for a lifetime movie! The irony is truly mightier than the gun. People are emailing NFTOS making a fuss because people were accidentally shot at Gun Appreciation Day. To be fair, I'm sure people were shot on purpose, too.

If the gun advocates behind this year’s inaugural Gun Appreciation Day had hoped to use the day’s festivities to build support for their anti-regulation platform, they are going to have to wait another year.

Emergency personnel had to be called to the scene of the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina after a gun accidentally discharged and shot two people at the show’s safety check-in booth just after 1 pm. Both victims were transported to an area hospital, and the Raleigh Fire Department announced that the show would be closed for the rest of the day.

Gun Appreciation Day is the combined effort of dozens of far-right organizations who have been vocal opponents of gun control advocates’ efforts to reduce the number of dangerous weapons on our streets and prevent them from ending up in the hands of people with criminal backgrounds or a history of mental illness. In response to a renewed push for sensible reforms of gun laws after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, groups like the National Rifle Association and the founders of Gun Appreciation Day have instead advocated for an increase in the number of guns in public places like elementary schools, arguing — falsely — that more guns will mean more protection for individuals.

Yesterday's "responsible" gun owners accidents, which took place at a safety check in surrounded by hundreds of people who presumably have at least had some form of training on how to properly handle a dangerous weapon, undermines that case. Earlier this week, an armed security officer at a Michigan charter school accidentally left his gun in a restroom that is regularly used by students as young as five years old.

Two similar incidents occurred at entirely separate gun shows in the Midwest, one in the Cleveland suburb of Medina, Ohio and the other at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. In Ohio, the local ABC affiliate reports that one individual was brought to a hospital by EMS, and in Indiana Channel 8 WISH says that an individual shot himself in the hand while trying to reload his gun in the show parking lot. That brings the tally to 4 victims of gun violence so far at three different gun shows during the country’s first Gun Appreciation Day.

CNN reported yesterday that three people were injured at the gun show in Raleigh, not two as originally reported. All were victims of a shotgun that fired while the owner was removing it from a case.

Also on gun huggers day; the Discovery channel shows their respect by firing Ted " I crapped my pants so I wouldn't have to got to Vietnam" Nugent!

The good thing about focusing your phallic obsession on a real phallus is that if it goes off accidentally no one has to go to the hospital. With 5 being shot at 3 separate gun shows it's no wonder the NRA doesn't want the government keeping statistics!

Roger West

Saturday, January 19, 2013


I am always up for giving equal time to trampling on what some gun-fondling nut job wrongly believes are his 2nd Amendment "rights."

Bill Maher [in the video below] speaks frankly about the second amendment - you gun huggers may want to take a look as your second amendment is not the one under attack, it's all the other ones that you special patriots should be worried about.

Video courtesy of HBO:

Roger West

Friday, January 18, 2013


On January 19, our nation will have a new holiday to celebrate. Normally, we’d have the Hallmark corporation to thank for this, but this time there is a very different force behind the movement: the American gun lobby. That’s right, it’s time for the first annual “Gun Appreciation Day,” and instead of buying chocolates and flowers to mark the occasion, this holiday encourages you to buy -- you guessed it --- more guns!

In honor of this auspicious occasion, HUFFPO put together this collection of idiotic dangerous great moments in second amendment rights.

Obviously, for every responsible, law-abiding gun owner out there, there's one of these folks. It almost makes you wish there was some sort of enforceable law in place that kept guns out of the hands of irresponsible people.

Fortunately, none of these individuals were seriously injured... but, clearly, not for a lack of trying.

(Remember kids: if it wasn't obvious already, you should never, ever play with guns.)

Blog contents come from the huffington post.


Thursday, January 17, 2013



Occasionally we find our NFTOS email loaded with infested crap from republican trolls. If you're somehow unfamiliar with the term, think of a troll as the drunk who pushes his way into your barroom conversation. The proverbial turd in the punchbowl, in the rather unlikely case there's a proverb out there about turds and punchbowls. You get the picture.


NFTOS' email trolls tend to be radical teapublicans of varying stripes, their intent is disruption. From the blunt-force troll with little to say  - that's not of the four-letter word variety to the benevolent troll who stops by to lecture everyone on the best practices of blog management. Trolls are very annoying.

But why stay annoyed when you can have fun instead? Make lemonade out of lemons readers. Trolls are an everyday reminder that someone, somewhere, disagrees with what you're saying and considers it important enough to respond to. So stand proud, progressives! They hate us. They really, really hate us.

Benevolent right-wing trolls are often as predictable as their more vulgar fellow travelers. First, they inject themselves into a debate, posing as "independent thinkers". Then they regurgitate well-worn out talking points that reveal them to be anything but nonpartisan. Once unmasked as right-wingers, the benevolent troll's saga usually ends in two ways. Neither, as you could imagine, are pretty.

Often the troll resorts to name-calling and baseless assertions, despite the fact they at first appeared to be "above the fray". Then, when confronted, they disappear completely without a peep. When confronted, they email one last jeremiad about how there's too much negativity on the site and they're leaving, never to read our blog again, because they've got better things to do. Only they brought the negativity. Only they don't have better things to do. They've decided to stop slumming and, I'm guessing, return to the Algonquin Round Table from whence they came.

While benevolent trolls are annoying, they're also rare. Most common are the blunt-force trolls, the commenter's with absolutely nothing to add. They leave intellect and proper grammar behind. All they bring is invective garbage. You could be a former member of the armed services with combat experience critiquing the current Secretary of Defense. But to them, you're a peace-loving hippie bastard with a latte in one hand and a joint in the other.

No matter who you are or what you say, you somehow fit into their image of liberalism. Pounding square pegs into round holes are their best skills, because their worldview has been so scrubbed, sanitized and simplified that even the most complex issues have been reduced to radical insane arguments.

If you're lucky, these temporary tough guys rarely metastasize into the third type of pest. Like a dope-sick junkie who can't resist any longer, relapsing trolls frequently fall off of the wagon and return to their old progressive haunts.

Let's not fool ourselves. If you're going to advocate for change, there are always going to be naysayers out there who will fight you, tooth-and-nail, to reverse that progress. Is it worth it to debate them? Absolutely, but remember to keep your eyes on the prize, not the cesspool from where your teapublican friends are slinging mud. Besides, if what you're saying is having that kind of effect among right-wingers, you've got to be doing something right.

Roger West

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


The NRA's Rise to Power: From a training organization to a fear mongering lobbying group.

In yet another example of self-righteous people living by a different set of rules - the NRA just doesn't get it, and is not backing down with it's bully tactics.

The NRA describes itself as a civil rights group. It is anything but. While it's intent may have started out that way, they are a far cry from gun safety today. Today the NRA is nothing but a shill for weapons manufacturers. According to an April 2011 report by the Violence Policy Center:
.....since 2005 contributions from gun industry corporate partners to the NRA total between $14.7 million and $38.9 million. The vast majority of funds – 74 percent – contributed to the NRA from corporate partners come from members of the firearms industry....... companies involved in the manufacture or sale of firearms or shooting-related products.


Understand readers, this association is not your dads hunting safety group anymore, these are a gutless, spineless, despicable form of shit that oozes from our society! These parasites delve into the ignorance of the gun hugger. They prod them with hints of Hitler-esk gun control , knocking on doors and confiscating weapons, and causing anarchy wherever they can.

It's time to meet these bullies head on, time to draw the line in the sand with these special patriots. The first thing to do would be to teach them what the second amendment says. The NRA ad attack on POTUS tells us one thing; that nothing is beyond the pale of these gun hugging enthusiasts.
"No single law - or even set of laws - can prevent every act of violence in our country. But the fact that this problem is complex can not be and excuse for inaction." ~ POTUS

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Roger West

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Science, facts, and reality often elude these special patriots - the unlettered Tea Bagger - the darlings of ignorance - Virginia's version of the American Taliban is no different than the parent company - the national right wing nut jobs! 

Earlier this year, Virginia’s legislature commissioned a study to determine the impacts of climate change on the state’s shores. After Tea Party complaints, lawmakers approved the report on condition it strike the words “climate change” and “sea level rise” from the title.

This week, Virginia released its analysis, under the title Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia.” The report discusses the threat of flooding and rising sea levels to coastal Virginia, but gives less notice to the causes of climate change.

State Delegate Chris Stolle (R), a climate denier himself, deemed terms like “sea level rise” “liberal code words” and insisted on cutting them from the report’s description. The Virginia Tea Party originally slammed the study as “more ridiculous studies designed to separate us from our money and control all land and water use.”

The science backing climate change is noncontroversial. Even the modified report recognizes the reality of the changing climate:

Sea level rise in Virginia is a documented fact. Water levels in Hampton Roads have risen more than one foot over the past 80 years. The causes of this rise are well understood and current analyses suggest the rate of rise is increasing.

Despite the report’s concrete recommendations that Virginia “should immediately begin comprehensive and coordinated planning efforts,” lawmakers have already decided to ignore it, even though Virginia cities spend millions each year elevating roads and replacing piers to withstand flooding. The Virginian-Pilot writes, “State Sen. Ralph Northam, a Democrat who represents Norfolk and the Eastern Shore, and who was a co-patron of the study request last year, said he has no plans to introduce legislation on sea level rise this year. Neither does state Del. Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, who also was a co-patron of the study last year.”


Monday, January 14, 2013



When 20 children and 6 adults were gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary School exactly one month ago today, the National Rifle Association rushed to blame video games, not guns, for inspiring such mass murders. But the gun lobby seemingly lost sight of its target in the past weeks, and over the weekend released a shooting app, called “NRA: Practice Range.”

The app bills itself as a “network of news, laws, facts, knowledge, safety tips, educational materials and online resource.” The NRA reports that it “instills safe and responsible ownership through fun challenges and realistic simulations.”

But it isn’t all about hunting. It allows players practice shooting at targets — coffin-shaped targets, with red bulls eyes at head- and heart-level:


For 99 cents more, users can upgrade to a MK11 sniper rifle.

This is not the first hypocritical move by the NRA. In addition to video games, the organization also blamed violence in movies for a rise in gun violence and mass murders, while simultaneously running an exhibit in honor of such violence.

The gun industry itself has ties to video game producers: Gun manufacturers sign contracts allowing gaming companies to use firearm brand names in video games as a method of product promotion.


Sunday, January 13, 2013



The last three days we have blogged about James Yeager, the radical gun hugger saying he would "kill people" if gun laws were invoked. Yeager, is not the only idiot with this "new revolutionary" mentality. I have a life long childhood pal whom is a part of this growing group of conspiracy theorist whom think the US Government is Hitler reincarnated.

As Vice President Joe Biden prepares to offer legislative recommendations to reduce and prevent gun violence on Tuesday, gun advocates across the country fear that the administration may succeed in expanding background checks for all gun purchases or limiting the sale of high capacity magazines and assault weapons.


State-based gun advocacy organizations are vowing to oppose any additional gun safety measures, NBC News reports, and have formed the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban to act as a counterweight to the National Rifle Association (NRA), which, the Coalition claims, is too eager to compromise with gun control advocates.

In an open letter to members of Congress, the Coalition argues that assault weapons are “functionally identical to hunting rifles” and that banning high capacity magazines would be “moot” since “nearly all mass murderers who use guns carry multiple firearms.” “Like the misnomer ‘assault weapon,’ the ‘high capacity’ designation of more than ten rounds for magazines represents nothing more than an arbitrary limit set on devices which have been in common possession since the early Twentieth Century.” The group also claims that attempts to expand background checks for all gun purchases is “nothing less than a stepping stone to national gun registration.”

A separate letter to President Obama from Grass Roots North Carolina (a member of the Coalition), warned the administration against issuing executive orders regulating guns, calling such action an “usurpation of power” and predicting that gun owners will resist any additional safety measures:
And what happens when, inevitably, some resist? Do you honestly believe people will go peacefully into bondage? How many will die as the direct result of your actions?

There is no need to send the Secret Service to my door, Mr. President (although I suspect you might anyway). I am not advocating violence; I am merely saying what others are afraid to.

The real question, Mr. President, is whether you so hunger for power that you are willing to foment what might be the next American Revolution. Will that be your enduring legacy?


With more and more second amendment radicals oozing from the cesspool of ignorance, it's time for the debate to end [as debating the unlettered revolutionary is fruitless]. If "Executive Order" is indeed our path to ensuring that the "James Yeager's of our world are reigned in -so be it. If it's "pack your bag's" time, so be it! The mentality or creed of this brand of troglodytes is; "pry my guns from my cold dead hands". Stupid and ignorance often impedes reality for these "special patriots"!

James Yeager seems confused as to why he is getting death threats. While I do not support them, Yeager would have to be brain dead to think that when he issues a statement that he is going to "kill people", that in return fire, the same would not be said to him - this speaks volumes of Yeager's cognitive thinking process!

The Yeager's of this world need to be sent a message, that your bully tactics, your scare tactics, and your inability to comprehend reality will no longer be tolerated!

Roger West

Saturday, January 12, 2013


James Yeager, NFTOS winner of the "Gun Huggers lunatic du jour award", has had his gun permit suspended. Yeager seems fairly arrogant in the first video. He wasn't so happy last night, when he posted yet another video on YouTube, this time with his lawyer, apologizing for his remarks. The apology is presumably so he can be with his loved ones again, his guns.

The first video shows a delusional James Yeager, Dr. Jekyll if you will, still defiant. Besides being a "gun" expert, Yeager would also like us to believe that he is a "Constitutional Law" expert.

Now Mr. Hyde if you will, Yeager with his lawyer below- a more subdued, medicated gun hugger.

The 2nd amendment starts with "A well regulated militia", not "Any idiot can have as many weapons as she/he wants". You can't legally own a surface to air missile, an Apache helicopter, or any number of other weapons of mass destruction. Why is it so unreasonable to make it a little harder for people to buy guns? It's harder to adopt a pet in this country than to buy an assault rifle, and this speaks volumes about Mr. Yeager's rights.

Which Yeager are we more likely to believe, the freak of nature that posted 2 "pack your bag" videos, or the more restrained "checked" lunatic with his lawyer?

Yeager braggingly states in the first video that MSNBC [Ed Shultz] contacted him. Yeager agreed to do the Friday night show, but Ed tweeted: " James Yeager, who threatened to "start killing people" if  issued an executive order, backs out on the ed show.

You gun huggers talk about the 2nd Amendment. Well I heavily believe in the 6th Commandment. God's Laws above Man's Law. I also think that my right to not be shot by some gum hugging second amendment revolutionary - out trumps your right to own and carry a gun! Often the case the adults in the room are the ones who should be allowed to take corrective action, and in the case the lawyer was this very adult.

Roger West

Friday, January 11, 2013


It's a start! The poster boy for gun control, better known as James Yeager, [whom we blogged about yesterday, see blog directly below this one] the lunatic who made a viral YouTube video threatening to 'start killing people' over gun control has had his gun permit suspended by Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Now he's a CEO of a gun company without a gun permit. Very apropos if I do say so myself!

In a statement released Friday officials said they had suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response based on "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public".

On Thursday, a video of Yeager angrily claiming he would "start killing people" if President Barack Obama moved forward with gun control measures began to go viral on the internet.


"The number one priority for our department is to ensure the public's safety. Mr. Yeager's comments were irresponsible, dangerous, and deserved our immediate attention. Due to our concern, as well as that of law enforcement, his handgun permit was suspended immediately. We have notified Mr. Yeager about the suspension today via e-mail. He will receive an official notification of his suspension through the mail," Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. 

Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, a company that offers training to civilians in weapons and tactical skills, has [supposedly] multiple certifications with several different types of weapons. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security were explicit and stated emphatically that Yeager was not a Department of Safety and Homeland Security certified instructor, nor is his school department certified.

Let me repeat in case you missed it: Yeager is not a certified instructor for Homeland Security nor is his "school" certified. Maybe a few days spent in Federal Custody [Secret Service] might bring this "patriot" back to reality, but something tells me this Einstein is not well known for his high IQ! Better yet, let the state of Tennessee issue Yeager a "confine and treat" order. I love seeing stupidity punished!

Yeager's resume can be seen here.

Roger West

Thursday, January 10, 2013


BREAKING NEWS: UPDATED 18:24 [Yeager issues second rant, see "PART II "THE APOLOGY]

Yet another "patriot" seeking fifteen minutes of fame. Most humans would consider it rational to prevent the possession of firearms by the obviously mentally unstable. James Yeager is NFTOS' first project - A project ensuring that this American Taliban er is picked up by the Secret Service.

James Yeager the CEO of a Tennessee company that specializes in weapons and tactical training is threatening to "start killing people" if President Barack Obama moves forward with gun control measures.

In a video posted to YouTube and Facebook on Wednesday, Yeager went ballistic over reports that the president could take executive action with minor gun control measures after the mass shooting of 20 school children in Connecticut last month.


James Yeager is one of the NRA "good guys" who will protect all of us from the bad guys. Yeager is the poster child for what's wrong with the second amendment!


After the Drudge Report likened Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin on Wednesday, pro-gun conservatives expressed outrage over the idea that the White House could act without Congress.
"Vice President [Joe] Biden is asking the president to bypass Congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles and to impose stricter gun control," Yeager explained in his video message. "Fuck that."

"I'm telling you that if that happens, it's going to spark a civil war, and I'll be glad to fire the first shot. I'm not putting up with it. You shouldn't put up with it. And I need all you patriots to start thinking about what you're going to do, load your damn mags, make sure your rifle's clean, pack a backpack with some food in it and get ready to fight."

The CEO concluded: "I'm not fucking putting up with this. I'm not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I'm not letting anybody take my guns! If it goes one inch further, I'm going to start killing people."

As The Atlantic noted on Wednesday, gun advocates can stop "freaking out" because Obama cannot ban assault weapons or close the gun show loophole without Congress.

The president, however, can take small steps like modernizing the background check system and limiting importation of assault rifles.

By Thursday morning, the video promising violence in response to gun control measures had been removed from Yeager's YouTube page, but the link had not been removed from Facebook.

Yeager is one of these special patriots whom will tell the world how responsible he is with weapons. I believed him right until he said "Fuck That".

I am going to state unequivocally that I want Yeager's guns taken away! If you say things like this, you should never ever again be trusted with adult scissors. You should never be allowed anywhere near a plastic spoon. And this opinion has nothing to do with gun control: it's just plain common sense.

Yeager is not shouting fire in a crowded theater; he's promising to start a fire in a crowded theater. The FBI and Secret Service should be knocking at his door any minute now.

Roger West

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


To follow up from yesterday's blog, the viral outpouring from the lunacy of Alex Jones is at an all-time fever pitch.

We can always depend on Jon Stewart to bring common sense to tough issues.


"Their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing our atcual dystopic present. We can't even begin to address 30,000 gun deaths that are actually, in reality, happening in this country every year because a few of us must remain vigilant against the rise of imaginary Hilter."

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", I guess NRA douche bag Wayne LaPierre didn't see this one coming. Radical gun owner found dead from single gun shot wound to the head. Maybe Keith Ratliff should have had a weapon, because we all know that good guys with guns always win versus evil. Oppps, Ratliff did have a gun, an arsenal in fact, there goes that theory Wayne.

Glenn Beck and Tea Party enthusiast try to distance themselves from Jones saying, "he ain't one of us"!


The number of tea baggers that espouse Alex Jones like qualities are a plethora. Whether it be Dana Loesch, Glenn Beck, or Alex Jones, they are all a part of this brand of special patriots, aptly named The American Taliban.

Sources close to NFTOS say that major changes are on the horizon for gun control, and rightly so. Its apparent that guns owners aren't the sharpest tools in the shed, so we have to make the guns smarter than the human, which shouldn't be all that difficult.

Vice President Joe Biden said this evening that the White House plans to act quickly to curb gun violence and will explore all avenues - including executive orders that would not require the approval of Congress.

Roger West

Tuesday, January 8, 2013



Alex Jones is no ordinary douche bag, nor is he your average member of the American Taliban  - he is the epitome of  the phenomenon known as “angry phat GOP white man”. Normally in instances like this we just let the video speak for itself, but because this waste of human flesh is so far off the reservation, it’s best we back-fill with content. 

Mr. Jones makes Glenn Beck look like an amateur when it comes to conspiracy theories. Jones likes to refer to himself as a Paleoconservatist  or a "aggressive constitutionalist" - in our world,  this troglodyte would be considered the lowest form of human to troll tera firma!  Jones is not one for sitting back when it comes to stupid, no this Einstein takes unlettered to a new level. Jones raises the bar with malcontent for his government. 


Jones‘ background, like other radical nut-jobs, seem to run down the same path, never served their country, high school or college dropouts, like Sean Hannity, Jones has had problems playing well with others - while in the radio world he often intimidated fellow broadcasters. Jones has had legal ramifications for actions conducted in radio land. Like Dana Loesch, he totes bullhorns, so as to ensure that his audiences of three or four hear him. 

Conspiracy theories are a plethora with this less than honorable man, which include 9/11 and Oklahoma City bombings. The Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence files assert that he has "exploited racial animosities" to "appeal to the fears of the antigovernment Patriot movement." Jones sees himself as a libertarian, and like most of these self-righteous Richard Craniums, they only worry about their own personal story. Jones, like John Boehner, are the heroes and viewers of their own delusional Lifetime TV movies.


Jones makes his living as an antigovernment conspiracy theorist, whom often crosses the Rubicon of race. In 2011 – Jones did more than any other to popularize “truther” theories about government complicity in 9/11 attacks and declared that the U.S. government believes that “whites are the new Al Qaeda.”

Jones’ sources for paranoia are a plethora. Jones’ instability on CNN is nothing new for those who have heard or seen him in action.  Like, Dana Loesch, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and the dead Andy Breitbart, the fruits in the American Taliban arsenal are endless!

Jones hasn’t been lurking in the shadows, he has been out front with his lunatic fringe mentality since the “Branch Davidian” days - a vile human for many years - this pile of fecal matter we saw on TV last night just didn’t morph last night - and this ignorance and hate for the U.S. Government is the backbone of his kind - the radical American Taliban. Jones often bloviates non-stop, the traditional republican radio monopoly if you will- Jones is the kind of guy that the American Taliban uses to inoculate and divert - the focus from the true idiots - the“tin foilers”. 

If Jones is your voice of reasoning for the second amendment, watch the above videos, if after watching he is still your voice of reasoning; keep viewing until you get it! Jones is the very type of people we want to keep guns from. If you are truly a “responsible” gun owner, you might want to muzzle asshats like Jones, as his kind is detrimental to your cause.

Roger West